I've loved this song for a long time. I first heard the Taj Mahal version and later learned that Carole King wrote it. Such a pleasure to play it Rocky Mountain style in the backyard in the early evening in Lyons, Colorado with David G. Tiller and Enion Pelta-tiller and Erik Yates. Erik plays in a great band called Hot Buttered Rum and David and Enion have a wonderful group called TAARKA
Happy Independence Day!
Sending lot's of love on this day of independence. It occurs to me that perhaps none of us are as independent as we'd like to imagine we are. We all share this little blue ball floating through space, circling the sun. But it sure is nice to have the freedom to choose your own way isn't it? We all need that sense of autonomy and agency in our lives to feel happy. That's what this holiday reminds me of.
I've been working as a film composer on a soundtrack for a film, writing new songs, painting, swimming as often as I can to stay sane, and enjoying being home in the redwoods again after so much travel this last year.
Some musical performances and an art show coming up. Would love to see you there.
July 13 Music on The Square, Cooper Creek, Winter Park, Colorado
July 14 Winter Park House Concerts, Winter Park, Colorado
Colorado shows with David Tiller and Enion Pelta Tiller of Taarka on mandolin and violin.
July 29 Socket Sessions in San Jose, California
with Mike Mullins on guitar and mandolin
Aug 2 Redwood Grove Music Series Berkeley, California
with Gawain Mathews on guitar and mandolin. The indomitable Chris Smither headlines.
Links to get tickets are at www.forestsun.com/tour
I'm am excited to share new art work with you! August 4th is the opening reception for Color Works- a group show at Marin Museum of Modern Art featuring some of my new paintings. I'll be there. Come sip wine and oggle the art and show me your best art contemplation face. Here is a taste of one of my new paintings entitled "Color of Morning".
As always thank you for being part of my life, my art and my music.
Whats happening with you? Write me back if you like? I love hearing from you.
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Lots of love,
(from Dec 18., 2017)
Bonjour from Paris!
I'm here working on the soundtrack for an upcoming film. The weather has been cold and gray and wintery. My favorite things about Paris so far:
Chambelland Bakery – On Rue Ternaux- the best gluten free bakery I’ve every been to. I love it.
Shakespeare and Company. Great bookstore! They published James Joyce’s Ulysses back in the day. James Joyce’s son married my great grandmother so I have a special connection with this place. I actually read all of Ulysses in college (yeah I’m bragging a little). What a tome of stream of consciousness! A log of how our minds work – both awake and asleep. My great grandfather was a publisher in Paris in the twenties. He published Ernest Hemingway and had a fling with Peggy Guggenheim. Many great poets and writers have actually lived and written in the Shakespeare and Co. bookstore throughout the years. I just bought the new Phillip Pullman book there, which I quickly devoured.
Riding a borrowed 10 speed bicycle through the Bois de Vincennes with our Editor Pierre (him on his unicycle). Pedaling through the wintery sunlight of a December afternoon.
The Eiffel tower – maybe it’s corny but I love the feeling up there and the panoramic views of the city.
It’s been quite a year. Working on two films. Travels to Transylvania, Zurich, Egypt, Lugano, Lisbon, San Sebastian, Kentucky, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York. Playing shows in Minnesota and California.
All the motion and jet lag can be exhausting, but I am grateful to be working on interesting creative projects and experiencing new places, people and languages.
Highlights for me this last year have been:
Swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea. Riding a camel at sunset with a view of the Giza pyramids. Sunrise on an Arabian horse galloping through the desert in Saqqara. Singing with Ingrid and the bats inside the sound pyramid at Dashur. Swimming in a salt lake in Turda, Romania. Jumping naked in the ocean after hiking down to a hidden beach in Portugal. Daily sprints up the stone steps and diving in the lake in the tiny village of Gandria towards the south of Switzerland near the border of Italy. Evening tapas and morning rainbows in San Sebastien, Spain. So tasty.
May this be a joyous holiday for you and yours. Here is a free song for you that I hope brings a smile to your face and a bounce to your step in spite of it all. Thanks to my kickstarter backers for making it possible.
“Oh What Joy” https://forestsun.bandcamp.com/track/oh-what-joy
The painting of mine below is called “Revelry”. Sometimes you just need to laugh in the face of all that gets you down. This piece and more of my paintings and artwork is available for sale at the online gallery www.mesart.com/forestsun
I love this video I took of my Dad playing his version of Cripple Creek by the The Band. He knew those guys back in the day in Woodstock. My dad will be playing music today like he has every Sunday for years at the Emporium Wines and Underdog Cafe in his home town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. He and my mom both played folk music when I was a kid and were my first guitar teachers.
What an honor to be on this compilation with folks I grew up listening to! Sonny Terry and Brownie MGhee are folk blues legends that played in my great uncles living room in Boston, Massachusetts before I was born. They were filming an episode of Pete Seger's television show. Joan Baez was there, too. and made a big impression on my mom who was there in the audience and just 17 at the time.
I had a cassette of Doc Watson I used to listen to on my Walkman.
Life keeps moving and the music plays on.
So many great artists on this CD.
Here's a version of the song Putumayo chose for the compilation :
"Change My Tune" from the Porch Sessions with special guest Erik Yates on Accordion.
1–Luke Winslow-KingYou Don't Know Better Than Me
2–Sonny Terry & Brownie McGheeI Was Born With The Blues
4–Forest SunChange My Tune
6–Doc WatsonSitting On Top Of The World
7–Eden BrentGoodnight Moon
8–Justin RutledgeYear Of Jubilo
10–Guy Davis (3)Everything Is Gonna Be Alright
12–Clay CumbieHere's To The Journey
"The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darknesses. " (Kazantzakis)
Laura left her body in 2008…two years later than the doctors said she had to live. She died at home as she requested. My brother and I got to spend a week with her in the hospital and say goodbye. She couldn't speak but I know she could hear. I brought my guitar and we sang her favorite songs. She was courageous and beautiful...and she is missed. I am immensely grateful to the artists who donated their songs to help raise funds and awareness for cancer treatment - It's a wonderful compilation that I know you will love.
I believe in the healing power of music.
I am grateful for how music can bring us together and be a powerful solace during a rough time. Songs for Laura is dedicated to my mothers memory and to anyone who is traveling that hard road now.
Songs for Laura is proud to support these organizations doing good work in the community:
Nancy's List (https://nancyslist.org)
The Keep a Breast Foundation (http://keep-a-breast.org)
If you or someone you know is going through cancer and would like a Songs for Laura cd or download just let me know and I will send it to you.
1. Sean Hayes – Flowering Spade
2. ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) – Maria
3. Brett Dennen – When I Go
4. Forest Sun – Be Kind to You
5. Shane Alexander – Spaces in Between
6. Matt the Electrician – Happy Ending
7. Beth Waters – Forms of the Truth
8. Tom Freund – Other Plans
9. Danny Schmidt – This to Shall Pass
10. AJ Roach – Devil May Dance
11. Anais Mitchell – Mockingbird
12. Alex Goldfarb – Be Water
13. Devon Sproule – The Weeping Willow
14. Paul Curreri – A Song On Robbing
15. Gavin Glass – Ragdoll
16. Four Year Bender – Southern Smile
17. The Mammals – Haircut Money
18. Elam Blackman – It’s Okay to Be Alone
19. Libby Kirkpatrick – Jenny’s Eyes
1. Heather & The Barbarians – Nightsong
2. Rachel Ries – Lonely Spires
3. Peter Bradley Adams – Teresa
4. Larkin Gayl – Warrior
5. Michael Zapruder – Harbor Saints
6. Alexis Harte – Slow
7. Quincy Coleman – Sleep Late
8. Kris Delmhorst – Strangers
9. The Blank Tapes – It’s So Hard To Let Go
10. Samantha Crain – The River
11. The Bittersweets – Houston
12. Jesse Aycock – Take Me In Your Arms
13. Noelle Hampton – Blackwing Butterfly
14. Jesse DeNatale – Soul Parade
15. Will Conner – Sweet Girl
16. Jared Tyler – Dancer
17. Clare Muldaur – Leave My Man Alone
18. Easton Stagger Phillips- Goodbye Blues
19. Carrie Elkin – Gospel Song
20. JT And The Clouds – Cup of Codeine
21. Jolie Holland – Mehitabel’s Blues
22. Tim Easton – All The Pretty Girls Leave Town